The people must act or we will remain irrelevant
FINTAN O’TOOLE, Irish Times
Before an election, a civic movement has to create a critical mass around the idea of radical political reform HAVING AN election after agreeing a four-year deal that will shape all key decisions is like debating which brand of condom to buy after you’ve become pregnant. It is a parody of democratic choice.
Popular sovereignty has almost no meaning in Ireland right now. Its restoration is the precondition for a meaningful election. We need a non-party technical administration to hold the fort while the people have their say on the four-year plan and on radical reform of our political system. Within that space, we need to make a collective decision on the International Monetary Fund-European Union deal.
The primary goal of the IMF-EU package to which any new government will be committed is not to stop Ireland spiralling downwards into economic depression. It is to ensure that Irish citizens cough up yet more money for the banks.